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Derby in good shape for Championship - Ternent

Derby County assistant boss Stan Ternent says they're good shape as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.

"We're well aware that we're going to be in the Championship next year," Ternent told the Derby Telegraph.

"So I suppose it gives us a little bit of a head start in terms of the other teams who are down there. They might be thinking 'well, are we planning for the Premiership or are we planning for the Championship?'

"With us, it's more or less decided - without wanting to sound defeatist. So out of all that bad comes a little good some times."

He added: "I shouldn't talk about other football clubs but you have a situation whereby Roy (Keane) at Sunderland has spent in excess of £40m and doesn't know, at this moment in time, whether or not he's going to be in the Premiership or the Championship next season.

"Birmingham are an established team, they've gone down and Steve Bruce got them back. Alex (McLeish) has taken over now but he doesn't know (if they will be relegated).

"Bolton have been like that for some time. You can go on and on. Look at Newcastle United, they're not out of the woods. That's the sort of division it is."

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